Thu, Oct

NATO mulls presence beyond RS mission: Stoltenberg


nato-summitAs NATO has played a key role in bringing stability to Afghanistan for a decade, it would decide to maintain a presence in Afghanistan even after the end of current mission to train, advice and assist the Afghan security forces, the alliance said.

 In a statement ahead of the Foreign Ministerial Meeting of NATO which takes place in Antalya, Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “We will discuss how to strengthen our partnership with this country for the future.”

 “Afghan soldiers and police have been doing great job since they took responsibility for security at start of this year. But they will continue to need support and we will continue to stand with them,”

The NATO secretary general pledged. A two-day NATO foreign ministers’ meeting will kick-off from tomorrow (Wednesday) in Turkey to discuss recent security situation of Afghanistan, a NATO official said. Earlier, Ismail Aramaz, NATO Senior civilian representative for Afghanistan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers, and 14 other states supporting the Resolute Support (RS) will attend the meeting. The Foreign Ministerial Meeting of NATO is taking place during a very busy time for NATO because right now troops from across the Alliance are exercising together making sure that “our collective defence is strong and ready.” Besides, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, representatives of UNAMA, foreign representatives of European Union, and foreign minister of Korea and Japan are also among the attendees.

 The first day of the meeting is specifically reserved for Afghanistan in which Afghan foreign minister would brief the participants about recent situation of the country, Aramaz added. Referring to these exercises, he said that there were just a few examples of how NATO provides deterrence, how “we protect our nations” against threats from any direction. So when Foreign Ministers meet in Turkey, he said that “we will also discuss what more we can do with our partners and for our partners.”